Dorms, teachers’ quarters for Bina Hill Learning Centre
- To be ready by the end of July
DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 18, 2018
Two dormitories and a teachers’ quarters will be ready by the end of July at the Bina Hill Youth Learning Centre in Annai, Region Nine.
This is part of a major upgrade of the lone residential tertiary institution in the hinterland which provides access to skills training programmes for indigenous youths who reside in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine.
Currently, two dormitories (male and female) are being constructed at a cost of $70Million as well as a $7.77Million teacher’s quarters.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alfred King and Civil Engineer, Trilloyd Allen recently visited the centre and inspected the ongoing works. Allen advised that the project has entered into liquidated damages stage since the due date has passed. He will be meeting with the contractor, BK International, on the way forward.
In 2017, $2.5Million was allocated for the construction of a chicken pen; a water trestle ($8Million); rehabilitation of the main building at a cost of $3.8M, construction of a sanitary block ($3Million) and mechanic workshop. An additional $46Million was allocated in 2016 for remedial works.
Additionally, the contract was signed for a $130Million Green Enterprise Centre at Bina Hill. The 20,000 square feet two-story concrete and wooden structure will comprise eight classrooms, a modern computer and science laboratory and a large auditorium and lecture room. It will be completed by June 2019.
The centre which was established in 2001 has been working in tandem with several partners under the umbrella of the North Rupununi District Development Board. Students are tutored in natural resource management, forestry, wildlife management, agriculture, tourism, business studies, life and traditional skills, basic computer skills, and mathematics and English language. They are also given the opportunity to participate in local and overseas exchange programmes.
By: Synieka Thorne.